Play Eve Online For Free posted by titoironman, June 21, 2016, 7:16

Play EVE Online For Free - Tips

Some games demand a hefty fee to play: for example, if you want to rack up kills in Destiny, you first need to shell out for a high-definition television, then a $400 next-gen console and the online pass on top of that! Luckily, not all games demand an arm and a leg from gamers. Despite EVE Online being a monthly subscription game, the developers allow you to pay with ISK as well as dollars, its possible to get all the subscription cash you require simply by playing the game itself. This EVE guide helps you to understand how to amass the ISK necessary each month to ensure you never have to pull out your credit card again to play the game you love.

The Cost Of The License

There's a bevy of different things you can use ISK to buy, from a capital ship to reinforced armor plating and ammo, but for this guide we'll only focus on one thing: a Pilot's License Extension. This in-game purchase does nothing in the game itself, but gives you a 30 days of free play time called PLEX. Though you won't need to fork over even a single cent if you save up for an Extension, it's important for any EVE player to understand that playing for free isn't cheap since it requires about eight hundred million ISK per month. Once you've just started playing with a small ship and a bank account of only a million ISK or so, it can seem like an impossible task. In fact, for some it might take more hours of their lives grinding ISK than it would working a job for the real-world cost of the subscription. Nevertheless, if you can have fun making ISK, then why wouldn't you? Here are some of the methods to get your bank account up to that eight hundred million figure.

Station Trading

Anyone who has ever played an MMO understands the basic concept of an auction house. Just like you can buy lightsaber crystals at the Galactic Market Kiosk in The Old Republic or dragon scales in World of Warcraft, so too can you maximize your earnings by selling high and buying low at EVE station trading. The principle is by no means complicated: find a trade skill that's in demand on the server, level your character's trade skills to be able to buy the necessary goods cheaper, and sell it for all the ISK that you can get. Depending on the various market economics of the day, it's possible to pocket a handsome difference in cost, but make no mistake: the EVE economy is no less reliant upon large forces of supply and demand than the New York Stock Exchange, and you may find what sells high one day will be worth a pittance the next as others cash in on the difference. If you're a starting player with only a little experience trading, go to a less-populated station like Hek; because the trades move slower, you can better capitalize on trends and play the market. On the other hand, if you find the idea of rapid shifts in price exciting, try your luck at Jita and you can buy low and sell high all day, every day. Remember that buying in bulk and selling individually usually gives the most profit, but can leave you stranded with a large amount of unsold goods.

Trade by Moving The Goods

If you cannot buy low and sell high at a station, buy something and ship it to where its value is higher. Just like people will pay far more money for oranges in Alaska than they will in Florida, so too do EVE zones experience price fluctuations that result in large profit margins for those who haul from point A to point B. An inter-regional trader needs to level up the same set of skills as those who make their six hundred million ISK as a station trader as well as piloting skills. Pick up a freighter that can hold a large amount of cargo while also being able to take damage if pirates show up -- an Iteron Mark V, for example, needs Gallente Industrial I skills, but with nearly 1000HP structure and 550HP shields is capable of taking some beating. Bigger is usually better, but like all investments in both EVE and the real world, diversify your portfolio by using smaller haulers that can get there faster than the lumbering giants. Starting off, you want to haul from Jita due to the (often) lowest prices at the central hub and ship to more far-off stations, and you usually want to move in the highest quantity possible: ten is good, twenty is better, fifty is even more so, provided you have the cargo capacity. Once you get the hang of shipping, you can ship specialized items at a higher profit margin.

Duking It Out With Militia

It's impossible to track the number of rivalries between different factions. In EVE Online they, like the in-game alliances, change like the wind. The four main factions are each allied with one another and at war with two others at any given moment, and the amount of ire between each faction pays well for those that enjoy the space combat of EVE. Provided that you want to join in PVP combat, you need only sign up for faction militia at whatever station that they control and enter into the battle. Each reward you capture in PVP combat gives you loyalty points, and each loyalty point can be converted into cold hard ISK -- taking a large mission and you'll get almost 100,000 loyalty points, which amounts to 300 million ISK. While it's extremely difficult to get a large profitable order to earn that many points (and that much dosh), it's a fun way to cut your teeth on space combat as well as get paid enough to pay for the game without breaking out the greenbacks.
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